March 01 2017 10:00AM
It's been quite the week, hasn't it? After coming up with nothing just one year ago, the Canucks have made off like bandits at this year's trade deadline, getting great returns for Jannik Hansen and Alex Burrows.
Now that we're almost certain the Canucks no longer see themselves as a playoff team, we come to the question of how to approach the rest of the season. Now that there's not much to play for, the remainder of the schedule is the time for auditions and experimentation. With that in mind, which players would you like to see get an extended look down the stretch?
February 22 2017 08:00AM
It's bye week for the Canucks, which means that we won't have any games to reflect on until Saturday. That's in part why the talk of the town this week has been the trade deadline, which is one week away. The Canucks have a few players on expiring contracts and could use to recoup some assets, as well as shed non-exempt players in preparation for the expansion draft.
After asking how the Canucks should approach the deadline this time around, this week we'll get more specific. Who would you like to see traded at the deadline? Don't be afraid to get creative.
February 16 2017 08:55PM
The Canucks and Blues faced off in an uncharacteristically entertaining and high-scoring game tonight thanks to sub-.900 performances by Jacob Markstrom and Jake Allen. The Canucks made a game of it, but couldn't match the Blues' attack, falling to 2-4 on their six-game road-trip.
Given the general manager's comments this morning, maybe that's a good thing. With tonight's loss, the Canucks inched further away from the wildcard picture and closer to being seller's at this year's trade deadline.
February 15 2017 10:46PM
We're a mere two weeks away from the NHL trade deadline. All eyes were on the Vancouver Canucks this time last year, as fans and media alike waited with bated breath to see how the team would handle a pair of veterans on expiring contracts in Radim Vrbata and Dan Hamhuis.
We all know how that turned out: the team was unable to yield any return on either player, which was viewed as a significant loss for an organization that announced their intention to trade both players.
The organization appears to have learned a lesson from last year's debacle, as Trevor Linden and Jim Benning have kept their cards close to the chest this time around. Since their intentions aren't entirely clear, it allows them to take control of the narrative, and keeps hopes of an active deadline realistic.
Next week, we'll take a look at whom the Canucks should look to move, but this week we'll keep things straightforward:
At the deadline, do you buy, sell, or stand pat?
February 12 2017 08:48PM
The Canucks' play has been frequently criticized this seaso, and rightfully so. But to their credit, the effort has always been there, for the most part. After losing a heartbreaker yesterday in Boston, the Canucks beat the schedule loss tonight with one of their best performances of the season. They outplayed the Sabres at both even-strength and on special teams- against the league's best power play, which is no small feat. Mike Chaput had two goals and the Canucks came away with two points in one of the more entertaining tilts of the season.